Happy Black History Month 

[Video opens on image of Johnston Hall on the U of G campus. Text overlay reads Black History Month. Happy guitar music plays.] 

[Indira Naidoo-Harris sits in front of a colourful tapestry and speaks directly to camera] 

Naidoo-Harris: I’m Indira Naidoo-Harris, the AVP of Diversity and Human Rights at the University of Guelph. Happy Black History Month. 

You know, Black History Month is an important time of the year for all of us. It’s a time to honour our past, celebrate our present, and work together to build a stronger future for all of us.  

It’s also a time to reflect on the experiences, injustices, accomplishments, and incredible contributions of Black Canadians across our country.  

You see, Black History Month isn’t just about recognizing the significant role Black Canadians have played in building our nation up; it’s also about recognizing the importance of people coming together to fight for justice, freedom, and human rights.  

Black Canadians have played a crucial role in our history, and this legacy is deeply woven into the rich fabric and identity of our diverse country.  That’s why this year’s theme of “Celebrating Black History Today, and Every Day,” is so important.  

So this year, as we acknowledge and honour the past, it’s important that we celebrate the transformative work underway right now to build equitable and inclusive spaces for our community and our entire campus family.  

Diversity is our strength, and we have to work together to foster an environment in which everyone belongs.  

So, as we celebrate Black History Month, take some time to acknowledge and honour the remarkable work being done by the Black community to build those spaces and create a culture where everyone is respected, included, and accepted.  

This February, take some time to learn about the history and contributions of Black Canadians in shaping Canada. And acknowledge the important role Black Canadians play in shaping our future.  

Happy Black History Month. 

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